4 Dog-Friendly Activities in Kennebunk: Quite the Treat!

Your pet needs a vacation, too, right? We think so. The Waldo Emerson Inn is now an all dog-friendly inn.

The decision on where to stay isn’t a ruff one! Plus, with so much planning and packing to do before your stay with us, we are saving you time by narrowing down the top 4 dog-friendly activities in canine-loving Kennebunkport.

Take a Stroll On a Dog-Friendly Beach

The beaches are open and dogs are welcome. Let your dog(s) run, play, and swim! Spend sunrise and sunset, June 15th – Labor Day, strolling along the best of Southern Maine beaches where dogs are allowed before 9 a.m. and after 5 p.m. Hours change the day after Labor Day when dogs can enjoy the beautiful long sandy beaches of Kennebunkport all day long.

For the best dog walking experience, we suggest low tide at Gooch’s Beach, Kennebunkport’s most popular dog beach–which provides optimal running space. When the water reaches high tide, head on over to Mother’s Beach for more room. It’s the perfect place for you and your dog to play in the sand and catch some ocean surf. Remember, there are a few guidelines to follow to ensure beaches stay safe, clean, and friendly year-round. Check here to know before you go. 

Hike the Nearby Trails

It’s not just about the beaches! Spend the day exploring Kennebunkport nature with your pup on the Edwin L. Smith Preserve. As part of the Kennebunkport Conservation Trust, this preserve offers 1,100 acres of forested landscape with ten miles of recreational trails, babbling brooks, and quiet spots for picnicking. With its abundance of wildlife, you are bound to see an animal or two, so it is requested dogs are kept on lead or under voice control. Our favorite trails? Briddle Trail, Wonder Brook Park and Hope Woods Trail, all conveniently located close to the Waldo Emerson Inn, are well-marked, easily accessible and offer pristine open nature and scenic views through all seasons.  

“Yappy Hour”

Now, that’s something to bark about! As part of your stay, join us for “Yappy Hour“ and enjoy drinks from our Honor Bar. “Yappy Hour” is a perfect opportunity for dogs in residence to play together while owners enjoy a drink in our beautiful gardens or by the outdoor fire pit. When it comes down to it, as a dog-friendly inn, “Yappy Hour” can be enjoyed with your pup. Cheers!

Rest & Relax

It wouldn’t be a vacation without some much-deserved downtime! Snuggle up with your pup with our “Bed & Biscuit” package. Our dog amenity package includes a dog bed, a dog towel (to wipe off sandy or snowy paws), dog bowls, a special treat, and as many pick-up bags as your dog can fill. All to use during your stay.

To snuggle up with your pooch at the Waldo Emerson Inn, book online, email innkeeper@waldoemerson.com or call (207) 985-4250
R&R doesn’t get much better than this!

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